I recently came across an article in an Oshkosh West High School publication that noted “19% of its graduates are going to Fox Valley Technical College in fall of 2018.” We were humbled to be the number-one post-secondary choice for these graduates to find what’s next in their lives.
Perhaps what’s next is here because our latest Graduate Employment Research Report cites a 17-year high 95% graduate employment within six months for our alumni. The same study reveals an impressive average annual salary of more than $52,000 for FVTC graduates in the workforce after just five years. The time couldn’t be better to find what’s next for you or someone you may know in the shape of a great career.
I had the opportunity to attend last week’s open house for our latest home project that engaged the hands and minds of at least 60 students. Each year through property owned by the FVTC Foundation, students build a home with partial proceeds from its sale used to support related student projects. While primarily built by students in our Residential Building Construction program, other programs involved included Electricity, Wood Manufacturing Technology, Horticulture and Interior Design.
There is tremendous demand for skilled workers in the construction industry right now, so these students will have remarkable opportunities. Kudos to all involved in building such a quality, beautiful home in north Appleton
Baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) have been a significant presence in our workforce for many decades. As growing numbers of this generation retire, one of the biggest concerns we hear from employers relates to the level of experience, skill, and expertise potentially walking out the door with them.
A few years back a number of employers independently (and somewhat coincidentally) reached out to FVTC to assist with addressing their need to find skilled industrial maintenance employees. Even though we were graduating a significant number of manufacturing students, there were simply not enough to fill all the open positions in the region. Continue reading →
Every conversation I have with employers focuses on the concern about worker shortages and the difficulty they have in finding individuals with the skills needed to fill their open positions. The most recent economic survey conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) indicates that 80% of employers are having trouble finding workers. Given Wisconsin’s demographics, this problem will, no doubt, only continue to worsen in the years ahead. Continue reading →
Another academic year has come and gone and it’s time once again to reflect on the success of Fox Valley Technical College graduates. Our annual Graduate Employment Research Report surveys FVTC alumni both six months after graduation and five years from earning their degree. A summary of this year’s report cites a few notable findings: Continue reading →